Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recently stirred up a lot controversy (what else is new for him?) when he said he didn’t see why Japan and South Korea shouldn’t have nuclear weapons. I have often wondered about the same thing myself. Those countries are staunch allies of the United States. We could consider them to the “good guys.” They are surrounded by “bad guys” like China and North Korea, who do have nuclear weapons that threaten their very existence. And our standard position should be that they should not acquire nukes? I don’t get the logic of that.
It’s as if we are saying in so many words that too many bad guys already have nuclear weapons, therefore we don’t want any more of the good guys to get them. Huh? As a critical thinker, I can’t just roll over like an obedient canine and accept that premise. But that’s apparently the conventional wisdom subscribed to by the U.S. and most of its free world allies. I understand the fact that such rationale is written into the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that they all are signatories to, but stupid is still stupid. Perhaps Trump, if elected, will force the Western world to start thinking out of the box.